St. Innocent of Alaska Monastery
9452 Hazelton, Redford, Michigan



 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI  48239-1138


 18 Years of Service: 2003-2021


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We welcome you to the website of the ST. INNOCENT ORTHODOX MONASTIC COMMUNITY IN REDFORD, MICHIGAN. We are a small, new-calendar ("revised Julian"), all-English monastic community under the Moscow Patriarchate. Our monastic community is located at 9452 Hazelton, Redford, MI  48239, in Redford Township, on the western side of Metropolitan Detroit, adjacent to Dearborn Heights and Livonia, just east of Telegraph. Read more.

To learn more about the practical every day dimensions of the monastic life, click here.

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3/4/21, MENAION LISTING of the 50 Saints' Lives Already on our Website & many others to be added aoon.

3/3/21, New Saint's Life added: "ST. SILOUAN OF MT. ATHOS."                           

3/2/21, New Saint's Life added: "ST. LUKE, ARCHBISHOP OF SIMFEROPOL."

3/1/21, New Saint's Life added: "ST. VASILY MARTYSZ, New Hieromartyr of Poland."

3/1/21, New Saint's Life added: "ST. FULVIANUS-MATTHEW, PRINCE OF ETHIOPIA."

3/1/21, New Saint's Life added: "ST. SOFRONY OF VRATSA, BULGARIA. 

2/4/21, New article/essay posted (6-pages): "A STUDY IN SYMBOLISM AND PARADOX."

1/19/21, New article/essay posted (7-pages): "PLAY AND THE SPIRITUAL LIFE."

3/7/20, New article/essay (9-pages) posted: "ICONS: GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY AND TRUTH."

2/26/20, New article/essay (6-pages) posted: "ARE ICONS NECESSARY? Iconoclasm and the Triumph of Orthodoxy."

2/22/20, Revised tri-fold brochure posted: "THE ORTHODOX FAITH: Some Basic Principles."

2/15/20, New article (6-pages) posted: IS THERE ANY ABSOLUTE TRUTH? Post-Modernism Versus Christianity. 

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The primary MINISTRY OF THE ST. INNOCENT MONASTIC COMMUNITY is educational. There are 2 facets to this vital ministry. The first major and vital arm of the educational ministry of the St. Innocent Monastic Community is the written article/book form, most of which are made available on this website in the 9 pull-down tab sections: "Essays," "Saints' Lives," "Prayers For the Journey," "Mediations 1 and 2," "Sacred Places," "Holy Sacraments-Mysteries," "The Orthodox Faith," and "What in the World is the Orthodox Church?" In May 2018, when this website was created, there were 73 articles of varying lengths. In November 2018 the figure increased to 87 articles, and increased further in December with 18 additional posts. In 2020 an additional significant new 5 articles/essays were written and posted. All but 2 of these 110+ essays and other items are written by Sister Ioanna, who also makes the Firebird products. Please view these 110+ educational and spiritual entries under the 9 pull-down tab sections on this website.

The second arm of the educational ministry of the St. Innocent Monastic Community is FIREBIRD VIDEOS, AUDIOS & BOOKS, which is a producer of multi-media educational materials about the Orthodox Faith and practices, primarily video, but also includes several books and audio recordings. It functions as a subsidiary and legally registered DBA (Doing Business As) with the State of Michigan, and has its own website, which we are still in the process of revising and reviving.  Currently we are not accepting orders (except for books). However, we are ever hopeful to be able to return to our work with this dimension of our educational ministry 'soon.' At the present, we are working on the writing and publishing dimension of our ministry.          (N.B. The image seen in the upper left is a painting of a Firebird.)

Please visit the Firebird Videos website at

To read more about Sister Ioanna, click here.

To read more about the ministry of the St. Innocent Monastic Community, click here.


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"Whoever eats My Flesh and drinks My Blood has eternal life,

and I will raise him up at the last day."  (St.  John 6:54) 


"If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word;

and My father will love him,

and We will come to him

and make Our home with him."  (St.  John 14:23)


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